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RAY COUNTY MUSEUM
Can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon than in a climate controlled environment that can enrich your mind with history? A visit to the Ray County Museum can do just that. The Museum is located at 901 West Royle Street in Richmond, near the fairgrounds. The building was built in 1910 by the county at a cost of $19,491 and was a totally modern building with electricity and indoor plumbing. It was the Ray County Poor farm from 1910 to 1960 when it became used as a rest home until 1971. The building is still owned by Ray County and is leased to Ray County Historical Society and Museum, Inc. This group
|was established in the 1950’s and found a permanent home in 1973 when they opened the Ray County Museum.
The Museum has local artifacts from the 1800’s through the present time in 37 rooms on three different floors. Exhibits include Civil War memorabilia, Indian artifacts, coal mining history, Daughter of the American Revolution, Mormon History and so much more pertaining to the past of Ray County.
The Ray County Historical Society and The Friends of the Museum work together operating the Museum. It’s also the home of the Ray County Genealogy Association which has a library housed in the museum. Volunteers from the Genealogy Association staff the library and are available to assist you in your genealogical quest.
The Museum, one of Richmond’s best kept secrets, is open year round, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. They sponsor many special events throughout the year. You can contact the Museum at 816-776-2305 or visit their website at raycountymuseum.zoomshare.com. You will also find it listed on Facebook as Ray County Museum & Genealogical Library.
SHIRKEY GOLF COURSE
Shirkey Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole course located in Richmond, MO only a short distance from Kansas City at Highways 210 and 13. This championship style course is semi-private and was designed by golf course designer and a founding member of the GCSAA, Chet Mendenhall in 1969.
||Golf Digest ranked Shirkey as a top public course in Kansas City area with a 4-1/2 star rating. This 18 hole course features Zoysia fairways and tee boxes with Bent grass greens. With four sets of tees to choose from the par 71 course was designed to maximize the challenges of the game with yardages stretching from 5500 yards to 7020 yards and a course rating of 73.9 with a slope of 126.
Shirkey offers a driving range, pro shop, banquet room and restaurant. Shirkey consistently strives to offer golfers of all abilities a great experience.
For more information visit the website.
In the mood for hot buttered pop corn, a coke and a good show? The Farris Theatre is the place for you. The fully restored historic Farris Theatre and Arts District hosts current movies, theatrical productions, musical productions, art shows, weddings, and other community events.
The building was built as an opera house in 1901 and called the Dougherty Auditorium, named after Sam Dougherty who built and operated the theatre for several years. The theatre was home to movies and live acts as well. Through the century, the theatre had numerous owners and at times sat empty, not being used. In 1995, Friends of the Farris, Inc. acquired and began renovations of the Farris Theatre. Many donations from the community and long hours of hard work have brought the Farris back to life, including the recent completion of the restoration of the Farris Arts District.
Movies, plays, school events, youth programs, choirs, art shows, community and church events, weddings, comedians, magicians, bands, variety shows, the list goes on and on of the array of entertainment and social happenings at the Farris. We hope you get a chance to visit and enjoy this gem of Richmond.
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• Dining & Lodging
• Arts & Entertainment
• Historic Sites
|Major Events in Richmond
"START AND MANAGE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS"
Entrepreneur Educational Opportuniy will be held on Friday March 24th. Kelly Dyer with the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers-Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry will teach you how to start, maintain and grow your business. For more information contact Natalie Lamar at 816-776-6916.
ANNUAL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL
First weekend of May. Richmond, Missouri, Mushroom Capital of the World. Contact Natalie Lamar, 816-776-6916. Click here for more details.
Always the Friday before the 4th of July. Southview Park in Richmond, MO. Special events include Missouri River Skydivers, KC Wolf, Live DJ, FREE swimming, Face painting and tons more. Contact Natalie Lamar, 816-776-6916.
CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC-CHRISTMAS IN JULY
This summertime golf event will be held at the beautiful 4.5 star Shirkey Golf Course. All proceeds benefit the maintenance and addition of the Christmas Displays for the Community. For more information contact, Natalie Lamar at 816-776-6916.
RAY COUNTY FAIR
Starts in mid-July. Ray County Fairgrounds in Richmond. Some of the special events include Amateur Rodeo, Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, 4-H Shows, Farmer Appreciation Dinner and Livestock Sale. Contact Nancy Coleman, University Extension Office, 816-776-6961.
Always the Saturday after Labor Day, Richmond's Outlaw Days is a Wild West themed fall festival with something for everyone. The festival will feature a bank robbery reenactment of an actual bank robbery that took place in 1867 on the square. The festival will also include a 5k/10k Run, Pony Rides, Wild West Street Performances, live music and more.
ANNUAL CHAMBER BANQUET
In late September or early October of each year, a banquet is held to introduce the Chamber’s new board members and thank the outgoing members who have served the Chamber. It’s always a great time with wonderful food. A variety of special quests have entertained the crowd over the past few years including professional baseball players, comedians and entrepreneurs. Contact Natalie Lamar at 816-776-6916.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Mid November. Corrolates with opening weekend of Deer Season. Richmond and Ray County Area. Shops have Christmas Open House, refreshments drawings and sale prices for Christmas. Friday hours 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday hours 1 - 4 p.m. Contact Lynn Pearson, 816-776-5526.
CHAMBER CHRISTMAS TREE EXTRAVAGANZA
The Chamber provides trees and wreaths to be decorated in themes and sponsored by local businesses. They are displayfrom the 2nd weekend of November through the the first Thursday in December at the Chamber office. A drawing is held for these beautiful works of art after the Community Tree and Square lighting ceremony, starting at 6 p.m. Contact chamber for additional information.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE
Always the 1st Thursday in December, the Chamber partners with Richmond’s Downtown District and the City of Richmond to assemble a Christmas Light ParadeLighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree and Lighting of the Square. Every entry in the parade is bright with lights!Anyone interested in entering the parade is encouraged to participated. Contact Sherry Smith at 816-776-2261.
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